Julia Griffin is a Producer for the PBS NewsHour, dividing her time between the broadcast and digital teams. She is both the lead producer and reporter for the NewsHour Shares series and a producer in the NewHour’s Science Unit, where she creates written and visual content for the NewsHour’s website and social media platforms.
Griffin joined NewsHour in 2010. She first produced and edited the broadcast’s opening sequence as the Multimedia Editor before producing breaking news as both a Production Assistant and Reporter/Producer in the Segment Production Unit. In her time at NewsHour, Griffin has covered natural disasters, domestic and foreign terror attacks, foreign conflicts, economic losses and gains, battles on Capitol Hill and two presidential campaigns.
Prior to NewsHour, Griffin reported on science content at Pacific Standard magazine and CNN. She studied marine biology and psychology at Duke University and earned a master's degree from U.C. Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management as a Doris Duke Conservation Fellow.
A classically trained ballet and jazz dancer, Griffin also cheered for the NBA’’s Washington Wizards from 2011-2015 before retiring her poms poms. She and her husband live in Virginia.
Julia’s Recent Stories
Science Jun 18Laze, vog and other volcano vocabulary inspired by Kilauea
Kilauea's eruptions have exposed the guts of our planet in ways previously unseen, and along the way, inspired a number of volcanology terms.
Science May 16Yanny vs. Laurel spotlights our brains’ desire to fill in the gaps
It's the auditory debate taking the internet by storm. The PBS NewsHour's Nsikan Akpan and Julia Griffin explain how one sound can create two different experiences.
Nation Mar 28The ski jump and the rodeo combine for this extreme sport
In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, while most of us are ready for spring, some extreme athletes in Montana are savoring the last bit of winter. In skijoring, horse riders tow their human teammates through a 700-foot obstacle…
Science Mar 15To heal scorched bear paws, California vets craft a bio bandage
In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, when two black bears were burned in a California wildfire, veterinarians used a treatment never tried before on animals.
Science Mar 09The magic (and math) of skating on thin ice without falling in
When skating on less than two inches of frozen water, plan ahead, be prepared and make sure it is the right kind of ice.
Nation Dec 19This female-operated auto shop puts women in the driver’s seat of their own repairs
In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, Patrice Banks used to get uncomfortable taking her car to the mechanic. But following a successful career as an engineer, she decided to revolutionize the industry with her own take on the…
Science Oct 25Fact or fiction: Do redheads feel more pain?
Redheads are rumored feel more pain and need more painkillers than their blonde and brown-haired cousins, but the science itself is murky.
Arts Oct 20California’s ban on bikes in swimming pools – and other strange laws on the books
Photographer Olivia Locher's latest project, “I Fought the Law,” chronicles the bizarre and obscure laws that have made their way into America’s state and local legislation.
Science Oct 17Apollo 11’s capsule went to the moon. Here’s how the Smithsonian prepares it for a shorter trip
The Smithsonian Institution is prepping the 9,000-pound capsule used during Apollo 11 for a two-year road trip.
Science Oct 11Why MacArthur ‘genius’ Kate Orff says designing for nature can protect our cities
Twenty-five years ago, Kate Orff didn’t know what landscape architecture was. Today, her approach to promoting the environment in urban design earned her a 2017 MacArthur “Genius” grant.